|Rabies cases fall, but risk to humans and pets remains|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Although 2014 numbers won’t be complete until year-end, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data show the number of confirmed animal rabies cases has declined from an average of 187 cases in 2012 and 2013 to 107 cases thus far in 2014.
These numbers reflect only those animals that have been tested because of witnessed abnormal behaviors or encounters with people, pets or livestock. Many more infected animals likely have not been tested.
“Even though the actual number confirmed positive is fewer than previous years, it does not mean rabies has gone away,” said Dr. Jennifer House, public health veterinarian at the department. “Rabies still is present in our wildlife populations and still putting humans and domestic pets at risk.”
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